munities, the purpose of natural theology is to connect religion through its general ideas to philosophy, particularly to that area of philosophy which deals with the most general categories of existence – metaphysics.
Central to the question of natural theology within the Bible is the position of the languages of the Bible. First, the linguistic terms even of revealed religion are terms that function outside the sphere of what is accepted as ...
Author: James Barr
Publisher: Clarendon Press
Do people know about God just by being human beings? Or do they need special divine assistance, through the Bible and the church? `Natural Theology' is the idea that human beings `by nature', that is just through being human, know something of God; or that perhaps they gain such knowledge from observing the world we live in. Its opposite is `revealed theology', or the knowledge of God communicated only through special channels - through Jesus Christ, through the Bible, through the church. Natural theology was long accepted as a basic ingredient in all theology, but in the twentieth century it was rejected by important theologians, especially Karl Barth. His views denied all natural theology and placed greater emphasis on the Bible. But what if the Bible itself uses, depends on, and supports natural theology? In this book, Professor Barr pursues these questions within the Bible itself and within the history of ideas, earlier and more recent; and he looks at their implications for religion and theology in the future.
He argues, however, that Whitehead's metaphysics provides a particularly suitable framework for a Christian natural theology that takes seriously the biblical faith. A year later, Bowman Clarke published Language and Natural Theology.
Author: Eugene Thomas Long
Publisher: CUA Press
Natural theology, which suffered significantly in the eighteenth century as a result of the criticisms of David Hume and Immanuel Kant, appeared to be a terminal patient in the mid-twentieth century in the 1960s, however philosophers and theologians began
Unsurprisingly, then, the narrator's own attempts to express the flowers' significance in propositional language are signally confused and abortive. With natural theology it is the ineffable that is significantly embodied in concrete ...
Author: Russell Re Manning
Publisher: OUP Oxford
The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology is the first collection to consider the full breadth of natural theology from both historical and contemporary perspectives and to bring together leading scholars to offer accessible high-level accounts of the major themes. The volume embodies and develops the recent revival of interest in natural theology as a topic of serious critical engagement. Frequently misunderstood or polemicized, natural theology is an under-studied yet persistent and pervasive presence throughout the history of thought about ultimate reality - from the classical Greek theology of the philosophers to twenty-first-century debates in science and religion. Of interest to students and scholars from a wide range of disciplines, this authoritative handbook draws on the very best of contemporary scholarship to present a critical overview of the subject area. Thirty-eight new essays trace the transformations of natural theology in different historical and religious contexts, the place of natural theology in different philosophical traditions and diverse scientific disciplines, and the various cultural and aesthetic approaches to natural theology to reveal a rich seam of multi-faceted theological reflection rooted in human nature and the environments within which we find ourselves.
Summary: McGrath, Polkinghorne, and Swinburne McGrath utilizes the language of natural theology, but redefines it. He exhibits a certain circularity in arguing on the one hand that natural theology tells us about the God who is already ...
Author: Rodney Holder
This book offers a rationale for a new ‘ramified natural theology’ that is in dialogue with both science and historical-critical study of the Bible. Traditionally, knowledge of God has been seen to come from two sources, nature and revelation. However, a rigid separation between these sources cannot be maintained, since what purports to be revelation cannot be accepted without qualification: rational argument is needed to infer both the existence of God from nature and the particular truth claims of the Christian faith from the Bible. Hence the distinction between ‘bare natural theology’ and ‘ramified natural theology.’ The book begins with bare natural theology as background to its main focus on ramified natural theology. Bayesian confirmation theory is utilised to evaluate competing hypotheses in both cases, in a similar manner to that by which competing hypotheses in science can be evaluated on the basis of empirical data. In this way a case is built up for the rationality of a Christian theist worldview. Addressing issues of science, theology and revelation in a new framework, this book will be of keen interest to scholars working in Religion and Science, Natural Theology, Philosophy of Religion, Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, and Science and Culture.
Author: Maurice Muhatia MakumbaPublish On: 2006-01-01
Bonald sustains that the human person did not invent language to express his thought since you cannot invent anything without thinking and there is no thinking without some determined language, which is none other than a natural ...
According to Rundle, our language and concepts that describe and explain intentional action are essentially references to material behavior. As God is nonphysical, the notion that God can act, hear, or know about the world is ...
Author: William Lane Craig
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
With the help of in-depth essays from some of the world's leading philosophers, The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology explores the nature and existence of God through human reason and evidence from the natural world. Provides in-depth and cutting-edge treatment of natural theology's main arguments Includes contributions from first-rate philosophers well known for their work on the relevant topics Updates relevant arguments in light of the most current, state-of-the-art philosophical and scientific discussions Stands in useful contrast and opposition to the arguments of the 'new atheists'
However, in order to be able to perceive (hear) speech as expressive of mental states, one must, of course, master the relevant language. It is tempting to assume that if one has to learn how to recognize utterances as expressive of ...
Author: M. Wahlberg
Is nature creation or merely the product of non-intentional, natural processes? The author aims to recover the Christian sense that it is obvious that nature is creation and argues that biological nature has expressive properties similar in kind to human behaviour and art.